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Arranged marriages are a standard practice in Pakistan and there’s no shortage of stories about the extreme steps some Pakistani women will take to escape them and marry the men they choose.

But few go as far as Aasia Bibi is alleged to have gone.


According to Pakistani authorities, the 21-year-old woman tried to slip poison into her new husband’s milk and inadvertently killed 17 of his family members in the process.

Bibi, who is charged with murder, appeared in court on Tuesday in the north-eastern city of Muzaffargarh, where she told reporters that her parents had forced her in September to marry a relative, Associated Press and ITV reported.

Her family live in nearby Ali Pur, a small village in eastern Pakistan.

“I repeatedly asked my parents not to marry me against my will as my religion, Islam, also allows me to choose the man of my choice for marriage, but my parents rejected all of my pleas,” AP quoted Bibi as saying.

She told them that she was willing to do anything to get out of the marriage, she added, but they refused to permit a divorce, ITV reported.

Desperate to get out of the arrangement, Bibi went to her boyfriend, Shahid Lashari, who gave her a “poisonous substance”, local police chief Sohail Habib Tajak told AP.

Last week, Tajak said, Bibi mixed the poison in milk and gave it to her husband, but he refused to drink it.

At some point after – and it’s not exactly clear how – Bibi’s mother-in-law used the tainted milk to make lassi, a yogurt-based drink popular in south Asia. When she served it to 27 members of her extended family, all of them lost consciousness and were taken to hospital.

Bibi and Lashari were arrested and charged with murder shortly after. Neither had lawyers, AP reported.

Seventeen of her intended husband’s family members have reportedly died in the past several days, including one young girl, and the other 10 are still in the hospital.

Bibi denied the allegations against her, saying Lashari told her to poison the milk, but she refused.

But in Tuesday’s court hearing, Bibi told reporters that she had in fact targeted her husband and regretted that others had died, according to AP.

Her boyfriend, she said, “asked me to mix it in something” and give it to the husband. He “said he will marry me”, she told a judge, according to ITV.

Tajak said he spent two weeks questioning Bibi and Lashari trying to find out who was responsible. Lashari had confessed to giving the young woman the poison, he said.

“Our officers have made progress by arresting a woman and her lover in connection with this murder case, which was complicated and challenging for us,” Tajak told AP.

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MAX Sica has been sentenced to life behind bars & a non-parole period of 35 years – the longest term ever ordered in Queensland – for the brutal murder of the Singh siblings in Brisbane.

Sica was today sentenced to the record term after he was earlier this week convicted of the horrific triple murders.

Justice Byrne ordered that Sica serve the extraordinary term after the defence counsel submitted a sentence of 20 to 30 years and the prosecution sought a 45-year non-parole period. That would have meant Sica would have been would have been 83 when eligible for parole.


The Crown was using the sentence imposed on South Australian triple murderer Jason Downie as an example.Downie was given a non-parole period of 35 years, which would have been 42 years if he had not pleaded guilty.Downie was 18 when he killed 16-year-old Chantelle Rowe and her parents in a brutal knife attack after breaking into their home in the South Australian town of Kapunda in November 2010.Before he passed sentence today, Justice Byrne said he was being asked by the prosecution to hand down a sentence 50 per cent greater than the longest sentence ever given by a Queensland judge.Sica’s barrister Sam Di Carlo asked for a sentence between 20 and 30 years for his client.Di Carlo says the Singh murders were not in the “worst category” because both Kunal and Sidhi were killed in their beds while asleep and did not experience the horror of other notoriously brutal murders committed in Queensland

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“I still cook for them, change, wash and iron their clothes,” she wrote.

“I light a candle every night in the spa so they don’t have to sleep in the dark.

“I was forced to sit down and wait for my children to be cremated.

“People tried to comfort me but I pushed them all away.

“I didn’t even want anyone touching me.”

Outside court, Sica’s father Carlos said his son was innocent.

“If I believed that my son had been capable of that (triple murder), I would say to the judge, ‘give 100 years’,” he told reporters.

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But Justice Byrne interrupted, saying it was not known how much terror the children experienced.

“The lives of an 18-year-old and a 12-year-old meant nothing to him,” he said.

“Why is it not in the worst category?”

“It’s certainly a horrific murder,” Di Carlo conceded.

Heart-wrenching victim impact statements from three members of the Singh family were read out in court today.

Jurors have been reduced to tears as Shirley Singh’s statement was read aloud by a member of the prosecution team.

Mrs Singh has told how she tried to take her own life on several occasions and ended up searching cemeteries for their graves in the middle of the night, drunk and affected by Stilnox

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He then read from a prepared statement, saying an appeal would commence immediately.”I have spoken to Max, and while I’m stunned by the decision, we maintain he’s absolutely innocent,” he said.

“We will continue to defend those charges at appeal (and) we will also fight the remaining charge,” he added, referring to an unrelated charge of rape against Sica.

Mr Sica broke down as he continued to read from the statement, saying his son’s priority was to his family and in particular his mother.

It was the same statement released by Sica’s wife earlier that day.

Sica’s mother Anna, who erupted in an emotional outburst outside court after Tuesday’s verdict, remained in a cafe in the court complex.

Massimo “Max” Sica, 42, was found guilty on Tuesday of killing his former girlfriend Neelma Singh, 24, and her siblings Kunal,18, and Sidhi, 12, in April 2003.

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The trio were found dead in an overflowing hot spa at their parent’s Bridgeman Downs home in Brisbane’s northern suburbs.

After a 77-day criminal trial – the longest in Queensland legal history – a Supreme Court jury deliberated almost four days before finding the Crown’s strong circumstantial case was sufficient to find married father-of-two daughters had ended the three siblings’ lives.

Criminal lawyer Peter Saggers, shortly after the verdict, said his client, Sica, was “obviously disappointed” about the jury’s decision and would most likely appeal the verdicts.

“We’ve got a month (in which to lodge any) appeal,” he said.

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Under a Queensland law, a person convicted of multiple murders receives a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment and must serve a minimum of 20 years before being eligible for parole.

Sica went to the Singh family’s home late on the night of April 20, 2003, to talk with Neelma and possibly have a prayer meeting about his alleged brain tumour.

No calls were made or answered from the Singh house – mobile or landline – after 11.10pm on April 20 and each of the trio were dressed for bed which indicated they were killed before getting dressed on the Monday morning.

For some reason – perhaps out of jealously or rejection – in a rage Sica strangled Neelma, the Crown said.

It is believed Sica – fearing Kunal and Sidhi could identify him as Neelma’s killer – got a garden fork and attacked them.

Sidhi was beaten to death probably in her bed. Kunal was knocked unconscious, also probably in his bed.

The dead bodies of Neelma and Sidhi were dumped into a running spa and Kunal was also placed in the spa where he drowned.

Sica then used bleach and other materials to clean the murder scene and wash away DNA, but left his sock print in the freshly cleaned area.

Sica lied about being home on the night of the murders and also lied about the time he arrived at the Singh home when he discovered the bodies.

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No one else was expected at the Singh house that night and items missing from Singh house were of sentimental value about Neelma including a pendant Sica had given her.

When Sica had called police saying there were three bodies in the spa. First officers on the scene could see only two bodies.

The parents of the Singh siblings, Vijay and Shirley, are present in court for the hearing, so too are Sica’s mother and father, Anamaria and Carlo.

The hearing before Justice John Byrne continues.

After sentencing today, Sica will be transferred to the Brisbane Correctional Centre for another mental health assessment, as per Queensland Corrective Services procedure.

Previously he was on remand at Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre, but after sentencing, stricter conditions will apply such as fewer personal visits and phone calls.


A Sydney woman stabbed her mother with a 12-centimetre kitchen knife and then screamed “die, die you dog!” as the bleeding woman rang triple-0 for help, a court was told.

Krystal Jade Seyoumr, 25, is accused of murdering her mother Donna Marie Seymour, 48.

The NSW Supreme Court heard today that a stab wound on Donna Marie Seymour’s arm severed a major artery, causing her to bleed to death.

The Crown prosecutor, Craig Patrick, said that Ms Seymour, a mother herself, had come home to the house she shared with her mother in Girraween in the early hours of November 24, 2010, after a night of drinking.

Her mother confronted her and the two had an argument, he said.

Ms Seymour then allegedly stabbed her mother once with the knife, severing her brachial artery.

According to the prosecution, the triple-0 call recorded the young woman screaming at her mother as her mother told the operator: “I’m bleeding to death.”

“Die you f—ing dog, die! I hate you, I f—ing hate you,” the younger woman was reportedly recorded saying.

The Crown alleges that Ms Seymour later lied to police, claiming that she had acted in self-defence.

Phone app tells tales on murderer

SEOUL | Thu May 26, 2011 8:55am EDT

(Reuters) – It began with a simple phrase — “brace yourself” — sent by a university professor to his mistress via a South Korean messaging service app used by millions every day.

But now the message has become key evidence in a murder investigation, with the professor arrested for killing his wife and his mistress sought as an accomplice, police said.

The professor, whose full name was not given, went to the head office of the “Kakao Talk” messenger service provider after the murder and asked them to delete the message. But the message was saved for a month and police were able to retrieve it as part of an investigation of his phone records.

Eventually the professor confessed to strangling his wife, using his mistress’s car to transport the body, and dumping it into the sea. He and his wife were in the process of getting a divorce.

“The message helped us discover that the woman was his accomplice,” a spokesman at a police station in the southern city of Busan said. A warrant has been issued for her arrest.

“Kakao Talk” is a relatively new free smartphone app with over 14 million users that allows them to send messages, chat, take part in group chats, and send photos.

(Reporting by Ju-min Park, editing by Elaine Lies)


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